Where science and criminal justice meet.
The Forensic Science program provides a cross-discipline education and a solid science background as part of a law enforcement career, crime scene technician, DNA analyst or trace evidence analyst.
Although the natural and physical sciences are emphasized, this major is the gateway to discovering orensic applications (who knew there were forensic veterinarians?). Students majoring in Forensic Science follow two tracks.
The Evidence Technician Track is recommended for those interested in law enforcement careers involving evidence processing at crime scenes and limited laboratory analysis.
The Evidence Analyst Track is recommended for those who desire a career in forensic laboratory analysis and access to careers that require similar analytical skills. Students interested in pursuing simultaneous science majors may also prefer this track.
- A forensic teaching laboratory, not an academic laboratory. Our students are grounded in the culture of the forensic laboratory, especially in the areas of security, chain of custody, and forensic report writing.
- A cohort of students who annually attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting. This travel is supported by their fundraising activity and alumni support.
- Community engagement through fundraising activities and science outreach in conjunction with the Dakota Science Center's Science Day each April.